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Afghanistan: Muslims

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 14538, tabled on 8 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if it is her Department's policy to offer support to Hazara Muslims refugees reaching Pakistan to enable them to travel to the UK under (a) the ACRS or (b) another scheme.

Answered on

16 June 2022

Hazara people, and other ethnic and religious minorities, have long faced attacks and discrimination in Afghanistan. We are monitoring the situation closely, including concerning reports of targeted killings and forced displacement in recent months. FCDO officials regularly raise human rights, including the rights of minority groups, in discussions with the Taliban, and urge them to uphold the rights of all Afghans. The Government has also made clear our serious concerns about the human rights situation in Afghanistan, including through statements from the UN Security Council, the G7 and women foreign ministers.

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) prioritises those who have assisted UK efforts in Afghanistan and vulnerable people, including members of minority groups at risk. Since the end of Op Pitting, the Government has supported over 4,600 individuals to leave Afghanistan. We will continue to work to ensure those still in Afghanistan are able to depart the country safely.